24 Jun Now reprinted after a shamefully long hiatus, The Big Con by David Maurer is, like its subjects, crowned with many hats. Its origins are in. The Big Con has ratings and 86 reviews. Scott said: A fascinating linguistic and anthropological study of a bygone criminal era details an amazing. David Warren Maurer (April 12, – June 11, ) was a professor of linguistics at the The Big Con is Maurer’s most popular and perhaps most important book. It was originally published in by Bobbs-Merrill Company. The source.
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At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It felt so conversational I became eager to hear him out and learn what was being offered.
The risk, the cleverness, and the nervous tension all combine to make the expert grifter the beloved subject of some of our culture’s most treasured films and novels. Mar 23, Scott rated it really liked it. Next page of related Sponsored Products. They grew more skilled as the years passed, devising ruses more intricate than the last, including staging scenes with props and sets, and scripting dialogue.
Dean Brickland if you want to improve your English reading and speaking abilities the only way is with a dictionary and a book. The Magic of Accelerated Learning: Some had already been imprisoned. This will be familiar to fans of The Sting another word in the lexicon, pun intendedwhen to ‘chill’ the ‘mark’ they stage a murder.
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I’d guess he’l be hard to cool out. Don’t have a Kindle? As in, he also wrote an entire book on the linguistics of the underworld which is interesting to think about considering how commonly we use their phrases – grift, rag, con, the fix, blowing him off and wrote ddavid Britannica article for “slang.
Like the Mafia, they’ve learned that the really big money comes from going legit, because then you can pay lawmakers to write the laws for your greatest convenience. By train A classic of popular sociology and underworld linguistics, Bog takes us inside the world of the big con.
Maurer’s well-written book begins with an overview that describes mauger best cons as combining intelligence, broad general knowledge, acting ability, and improvisational skills. This is a tough book to write, I imagine, owing to the amount of improvisation required to perform these acts of dec This book could have benefited from a good editor.
Several aspects of the big-con lifestyle are covered, including the various flavors of scams, the opinions and philosophies espoused by con men, their vices, dirty political aspects, and the elaborate vocabulary “argot” of the in-crowd. Gondorff is also the name of the con taken for a ride by Newman and Redford in the movie. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. In fact, my grandmother was recently almost taken in by a con that involved a supposed arrest of my little brother and payment of bail by untraceable iTunes gift cards.
Detailed variations on each version, with examples of just how the game is played. He died on his farm outside Louisville from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
As some people have noted, it can be repetitive, but that’s because most “big” cons those where the con men work in large teams and have established locations are very similar in essence; only the execution and specifics are different. All it took was rope and his bare hands. Much more dull than a book about con men has any right to be.
The book was written by a linguist and he has a deep interest in the lingo used by criminals, in this case con-men, and he uses that knowledge when writing the book. Aug 17, Katharine Thomas rated it really liked it.
I also enjoyed the detailed breakdowns of some of the cons. Avoid that weakness, even if we don’t have to worry about roving bands of con men as much anymore.
Ratings and Reviews 0 1 star ratings 0 reviews. Read my FULL review here: He had long-term ties do politicians and law enforcement in Denver, including the mayor and police chief. The two works, the movie and the book, complement each other perfectly.
The one inviolable rule was to never bring in a local resident; some ropers used advertisements soliciting business opportunities or offers to buy businesses.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Always they merit the scorn and contempt of the con men. Linguistics were Maurer’s primary field of study mwurer this close examination of such a minute sub-strata of the English language, especially given the small time frame examined some fifty years or so is fascinating.
The Big Con
Return to Book Page. Maurer anatomizes the con games, the conmen and their argot. If you’ve seen The Sting, you’ll recognize a lot of the names and terminology. Personal with bonus short story Not a Drill. Is it hard to read it, if you are just start read English? Between the World and Me.